The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Nadowli-Kaleo, Madam Katherine T.Lankono has made a passionate appeal to the NGOs and other players working in education sector to as a matter of making an impactful targeting, give much priority to children in deprived communities who cannot access basic education in the country, she made this call with emphasis on Nadowli-Kaleo District as this when implemented would a ensure a sound foundation is laid for the children and hence them realizing their full potentials.
The D.C.E made this appeal during a presentation of learning materials and tools to twin sisters in a desperate need of basic support to get back to the classroom. The short handing over ceremony took place on Wednesday 6th February, 2019 in a very had to reach community called Kuo-dandaaliin in the Nadowli-Kaleo District of the Upper West Region. The items presented includes 2 set of school uniforms, 60 pieces of exercise books, pens, 2 pair of school bags and 2 pair of sandals. The beneficiaries of the presentation were twin sisters who had dropped out of school due to their parents’ poverty. The beneficiaries were spotted after a team from UNICEF visited the community to ascertain the state of Open Defecation Free. The community has since been declared open defecation free. Out of the 141 communities in the District, 94 communities have gained the status of Open Defecation Free.
The D.C.E during the presentation espoused the need for stronger collaboration among stakeholders in education to help create the needed environment which would in a long run increase enrollment and retention among children especially those in the most deprived communities. She intimated government’s commitment to providing quality education and also fulfilling the basic right of every child basic education but added augmentation of efforts by all players.
When Radio Progress also visited the Kuo-dandaaliin after news of these girls helping their father to put up a latrine in the community was communicated by from a team UNICEF. The girls known by their names, Kandow Pogzimaa and her sister Kandow Pognaa were seen at home during school hours and also cladded in tattered cloth and perforated sandals. Interview with these girls shows that, they are aspiring to be nurses but challenged by poverty. According their father Mr. Jato,the girls are a blessing to his family and the community at large since it was the girls idea to stop visiting nature’s call in the bush and rather resort to improvised latrines.
BY Ibrahim Nankpa